India At United Nations Security Council From Maritime Security To International Security

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar while addressing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), said the incidents in Afghanistan “have naturally enhanced global concerns about their implications for both regional and international security”.

Further, he added, “The heightened activities of the proscribed Haqqani network justifies this growing anxiety. Whether it is in Afghanistan or against India, groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed continue to operate with both impunity and encouragement.” S Jaishankar was speaking at a high-level UNSC briefing on ‘Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts’.

India’s External Affairs Minister also took a dig at China highlighting how some countries block and hold the listing of terrorists. He said, “Summon the political will: don’t justify terrorism, don’t glorify terrorists, no double standards. Terrorists are terrorists, distinctions are made only at our own peril. Don’t place blocks and holds on listing requests without any reason.” 

China has imposed technical holds on bids by India and other nations to nominate Masood Azhar chief of the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed, as an international terrorist. Currently, India has the presidency of the United Nations Security Council.

Earlier, as India took over the Presidency, it carried out a first standalone session on maritime security. The earlier attempts to put forth this topic were turned down by China. In his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had emphasized why it is important to keep a check on oceans and should be a matter of global concern. He said, “The ocean is our common heritage … (which) … is facing many challenges, sea routes are being misused for piracy and terrorism.”